Yet another failed KDE release?

Leon Feng rainofchaos at
Sat Mar 23 13:56:43 GMT 2013

2013/3/23 dE . <de.techno at>:
> Longer release cycles ensure the thing gets tested on various platforms in
> various ways, fixing bugs which otherwise developers won't notice.
> As of the current time, release cycles are too fast; distro devs don't have
> time to provide betas for official testing, and even if they do, it'll only
> exist for a few weeks, or maybe a month, so they don't care.
> The RC1 tags atlest should last 4 or 5 months so it easily enters the
> official unstable (testing/keyworded/beta etc...) repository so people can
> test it, and atleast devs should be given enough time to remove regressions
> without hindering their personal lives and work.
> There's very less time focused on testing; that should be increased, and
> there's really no reason to hurry releases, no one complained KDE is empty
> and featureless, but a lot complain about it's bugs and stability. This
> should point to something.
> Sorry:This discussion is getting a bit heavy, I'll take some time to
> respond.

There is one proven principle in Open source process: "Release early,
release often".

The different between Linux world and Windows world is therea are many
distros to deliver an upstream release software on different time and
testing coverage. There are users who want new thing. And there are
users who want stable thing. They fulfill it by chosing different
distro. We should not block new KDE release from Arch users just
because Debian stable is still testing and fix bugs.

As a long time gentoo user, though now using Arch, I am a little sad
that such complain comes from a gentoo user.

Gentoo users are the nearest to the source. Every gentoo system is
building from source. So in the past, when bugs show up, a gentooer
will not hesitate to check the source and fix it. Then the fix is send
upstream so other distro will benifit. The portage is most powerful
building system to assist this work flow. Does this tradition slowly
go away along with the shrinking user base?

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